“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Novels That Take Place in China

By Helen Wang, published

From Goodreads.com, a website where people recommend books they have enjoyed. I'm not sure that they all take place in China though...

Novels That Take Place in China (Must be a novel (fiction) and must take place in China. No restriction on time period.)

Novels That Take Place in China
Must be a novel (fiction) and must take place in China. No restriction on time period.
(in alphabetical order)
Pa Chin – Family
J.G. Ballard – Empire of the Sun
Pearl S. Buck – A House Divided
Pearl S. Buck – East Wind, West Wind
Pearl S. Buck – Imperial Woman
Pearl S. Buck – Pavilion of Women
Pearl S. Buck – Sons
Pearl S. Buck – The Good Earth
Cao Xueqin – The Story of the Stone, vol. 1: The Golden Days
Cao Xueqin – The Story of the Stone, vol. 2: The Crab Flower Club
Cao Xueqin – The Story of the Stone, vol. 4: The Debt of Tears
Cao Xueqin – The Story of the Stone, vol. 4: The Warning Voice
Cao Xueqin – The Story of the Stone, vol. 5: The Dreamer Wakes
Tom Carter – China: Portrait of a People
Jung Chang – Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Patricia Chao – Monkey King
François Cheng – Green Mountain, White Cloud: A Novel of Love in the Ming Dynasty
James Clavell – Noble House
James Clavell – Tai Pan
Ying Chang Compestine – Revolution is Not a Dinner Party
A.J. Cronin – The Keys of the Kingdom
Da Chen – Colors of the Mountain
Dai Sijie – Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Gao Xingjian – Soul Mountain
Dorothy Gilman – Mrs Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha (Mrs Pollifax, Book 7)
Xiaolu Guo – Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth
Ha Jin – In the Pond
Ha Jin – The Crazed
Ha Jin – Waiting
Ha Jin – War Trash
James Hilton – Lost Horizon
Kazuo Ishiguro – When We Were Orphans
Jon – High Road to China
D.L. Kung – The End of May Road
D.L. Kung – The Shadows of Shigatse
D.L. Kung – The Wardens of Punyu
John Lanchester – Fragant Harbor
Li Cunxin – Mao’s Last Dancer
Maureen Lindley – The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel
Bette Bao Lord – Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic
Bette Bao Lord – Spring Moon: A Novel of China
Adeline Yen Mah – Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Adeline Yen Mah – Fallen Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
W. Somerset Maugham – The Painted Veil
Richard McKenna – The Sand Pebbles
Anchee Min – Empress Orchid
Anchee Min – Pearl of China
Anchee Min – The Last Empress (Empress Orchid)
Nicole Mones – The Last Chinese Chef
Nicole Mones – A Cup of Light
Nicole Mones – Lost in Translation
Haruki Murakami – The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Donna Jo Napoli – Bound
Nien Cheng – Life and Death in Shanghai
Pai Kit Fai – The Concubine’s Daughter: A Novel
Qiu Xiaolong – A Case of Two Cities
Qiu Xiaolong – A Loyal Character Dancer
Qiu Xiaolong – Death of a Red Heroine
Qiu Xiaolong – Red Mandarin Dress
Qiu Xiaolong – The Mao Case
Qiu Xiaolong – When Red is Black
Robert D. San Souci – Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior
Lisa See – Dreams of Joy
Lisa See – Peony in Love
Lisa See – Shanghai Girls
Lisa See – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Shan Sa – Empress
Amy Tan – Saving Fish From Drowning
Amy Tan – The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Amy Tan – The Hundred Secret Senses
Amy Tan – The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan – The Kitchen God’s Wife
Paul Theroux – Kowloon Tong: A Novel of Hong Kong
Gail Tsukiyama – Women of the Silk
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Emperor’s Pearl: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert Hans van Gulik – Necklace and Calabash: A Chinese Detective Story
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Chinese Bell Murders
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Chinese Gold Murders
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Chinese Lake Murders
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Chinese Nail Murders
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Haunted Monastery: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Lacquer Screen: A Chinese Detective Story
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Red Pavilion: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert Hans van Gulik – Murder in Canton: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert Hans van Gulik – Poets and Murder: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Chinese Maze Murders: A Judge Dee Mystery
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Monkey and the Tiger: Judge Dee Mysteries
Robert Hans van Gulik – The Willow Pattern: A Judge Dee Mystery
Annie Wang – Lili: A Novel
Lisa Zhang Warton – Last Kiss in Tiananmen Square
Gloria Whelan – Chu Ju’s House
Wu Cheng’en – The Journey to the West, vol. 1
Wu Cheng-en – Monkey: Journey to the West (4 vol boxed set)
Xinran – The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices
Mingmei Yip – Peach Blossom Pavilion
Yu Hua – Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
Yu Hua – To Live

Comments

# 1.   

No wonder so many westerners have a strangely outdated view of China.

 Nicky Harman, March 17, 2012, 1:04a.m.

# 2.   

Wasn't 'War Trash' set in a POW camp in South Korea?

Chris Waugh, March 17, 2012, 8:34p.m.

# 3.   

Lisa See's three miysteries were also set in China: Dragon Bones Flower Net Interior

Lisa Zhang Wharton, April 28, 2012, 3:36p.m.

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